Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    18 credits
    • Major/Concentration: 18
  • Accreditation

    WSCUC

A physics minor is offered with the completion of 18 credits.


Courses

Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements, see the course catalog.

Core Courses

Basic principles of physics emphasizing Newtonian mechanics; conservation of energy and momentum; oscillations, fluids and thermodynamics. Prerequisites: MATH 105 (concurrent registration permitted). Passing score on the Physics Placement Exam or PHSC 092 with a grade of "B" or better. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, one hour recitation, weekly. Notes: Primarily for Physical Science and Engineering Physics majors. Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit.
Grade Mode: A, N.
Corequisites: PHSC 134.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

The application of the laws and theories of mechanics and thermodynamics through experiment. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours of laboratory weekly. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit.
Grade Mode: A.
Corequisites: PHSC 132.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $90.

Introduction to electrostatics, conductors and currents, magnetic fields, and Maxwell's equations. Prerequisites: PHSC 132, PHSC 134. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, one hour recitation, weekly. Notes: Primarily for Physical Science and Engineering Physics majors.
Grade Mode: A, N.
Corequisites: PHSC 237.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Wave theory, sound, geometric optics, interference and diffraction, relativity, wave properties of particles, and introduction to quantum physics. Prerequisites: PHSC 233, PHSC 237.
Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory, weekly. Notes: Primarily for Physical Science and Engineering Physics majors. The optics section may be taken for one credit (PHSC 450).
Grade Mode: A, N.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $120.

The application of the laws and theories of electricity and magnetism through experiment. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours laboratory weekly.
Grade Mode: A, N.
Corequisites: PHSC 233.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $90.

Elective Courses

Students select upper-division credits in physics, which may not count towards another major or minor.